Charity that supports Halton's autistic children receives gift from Widnes firm (From Runcorn and Widnes World)
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Charity receives gift to help fund trampolining sessions for autistic children in Halton
A CHARITY that organises weekly trampolining sessions in Halton for children with Aspergers Syndrome or Autism has been given a lift by tissue makers SCA.
The sessions in rebound therapy bring many benefits for children with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) including promoting relaxation and sensory integration and improving communication skills.
It is just one of the many services provided by the Cheshire Aspergers Parents Support (ChAPS) organisation, which was set up by three parents in 2010 and has since snowballed to a membership of some 500 families across the county.
It also offers social skills classes, intensive therapy sessions, social events and short breaks and has pioneered initiatives such as an attention card and autism code keyring in conjunction with the Cheshire police, fire and ambulance services.
SCA’s Skelmersdale paper mill has donated funds to the charity through site manager Mark Mannering, who lives in Widnes. Mark said: “Parents of children with ASC in Cheshire are very fortunate to have the support that ChAPS provides. Similar organisations just don’t exist in most other parts of the UK.”
Jo Garner, ChAPS’ managing director said: “We have running costs of around £1,800 a month and although our members pay subscriptions we do rely on the support of the community. The generosity of companies such as SCA is always extremely welcome.”
SCA’s products include household tissue brands such as Velvet, Plenty and Cushelle.
More information on ChAPS can be found at www.asparents.org.uk
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